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PNS Daily News - September 25, 2017 


Here’s a look at what we’re highlighting: new travel restrictions announced for eight countries; research highlights a drop in uninsured kids; and weekend protests over the House Speaker’s tax plan.

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Public News Service - MA: Immigrant Issues

A resolution is pending in Boston that urges the Trump administration to extend protections to immigrants who are fleeing danger in their home country. (K. Fienman).

BOSTON – A measure is pending before the Boston City Council to urge the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status. TPS is a humanitarian program intended to provide safe haven in the U.S. for people fleeing dangers such as natural disasters, wars and gangs. So far, the adminis

Police and court officers now need more than just an ICE detainer to hold a person in custody, according to a ruling from the state's highest court. (Picssr/Flckr)

BOSTON – It is being called a setback for federal immigration agents. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling Monday that clarified what had been a murky issue for many local police departments. Laura Rotolo, counsel and community advocate for the ACLU of Massachusetts, says

Former state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan has served her sentence for falsifying drug evidence, resulting in dismissal of nearly 24,000 cases. (Pinterest/Truth Kings)

BOSTON – It was big news when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last week dismissed more than 20,000 drug cases due to misconduct by a former chemist at the state crime lab, but local legal advocates warn the collateral damage will continue. Rahsaan Hall, racial justice director for A

A legal case pending in Massachusetts could set a nationwide precedent for sanctuary cities, even as they are threatened with funding cuts by the Trump administration. (Alex Shure/ACLU Mass.)

BOSTON – Amherst, Cambridge and Northampton are among the Massachusetts cities now under threat of losing federal funding for grants and programs because of their sanctuary city stance. This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the threat to divert billions of dollars away from s

Advocates who resettle refugees in Massachusetts say the number expected to arrive in the days remaining before President Trump's travel ban goes into effect is likely to double. (International Institute of New England)

BOSTON – As soon as President Donald Trump signed the latest travel ban, international relief agencies stepped up their efforts – nearly doubling the number of refugees headed for New England, according to Jeff Thielman, CEO of the International Institute of New England. Thielman says

Events will be held in Boston, Northampton and Springfield for Workers' Memorial Day to remember the 63 workers who died on the job last year in the Commonwealth. (MassCOSH).

BOSTON – Today is Workers' Memorial Day and there will be events across the state to pay tribute to lives lost in the workplace and to put the focus on worker safety to prevent future deaths. Jeff Newton, membership and communications coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupatio

The future of mandatory minimum sentencing is now in the hands of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Swampyank/English Wikipedia)

BOSTON - It is now up to the state's highest court to determine whether a judge in a drug case can impose a sentence lower than the mandatory minimum under state law. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments last week. ACLU of Massachusetts legal director Matt Segal argues

Immigrants' advocates in the Commonwealth say Donald Trump's popularity doesn't surprise them, given  Massachusetts' conservative attitudes about immigrants' issues. (Michael Vadon)

BOSTON – Advocates for the immigrant community in the Commonwealth took to the State House steps on Wednesday to voice their displeasure with the way the issue of immigration is being treated this election season. Patricia Montes, executive director of the immigrants' rights group Centro Pres

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